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Scabies (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

You should see a doctor if you suspect you have scabies. Many home remedies have been described, but most are untested. Plant extracts such as neem or tea tree oil have shown promise in small studies and deserve further investigation. Also, other conditions may cause rashes that itch, and it is important to have the correct diagnosis when considering treatment options. When calling to schedule an appointment, be sure to tell your doctor's staff that you are concerned that you or your child may have scabies.

If you still have symptoms two weeks after treatment, you should be reevaluated by a physician. Sometimes the itching takes a while to go away. It is also possible to get reinfected.

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Human scabies is an intensely pruritic skin infestation caused by the host-specific mite, Sarcoptes scabiei var hominis.

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